Sunday, June 3, 2018

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition: How to Play Co-Op Multiplayer

Being able to play with friends has always been a dream for Harvest Moon fans, so am I. I always wished there was a Harvest Moon Online, it would be really cool!

Sometimes life as a farmer feels lonely in the Harvest Moon world and makes us quickly get bored. Although eventually, we can marry the NPC AI (artificial intelligence).
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope: How to Play Co-Op Multiplayer

But finally, we can play with friends in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition for PS4 and Nintendo Switch with the co-op feature. Although it's just a local co-op, it's fine.

Unfortunately, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for PC does not have a co-op feature for now. But there is always a possibility that this feature can be added in the future.

It's just, there has been no official announcement from Natsume about whether you can expect this in the near future.

But on the ESRB rating, it says Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition for Windows PC platform.

And Ceecee [Developer] herself says that currently they are focused on console versions, but they may have some surprises in the future for the PC version.

They always read feedback from the forum and taking bug reports for potential patches in the future.

Okay, now for the main discussion...

How to Play Co-op Multiplayer in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition

To play co-op with your friends in this game, you must play this game yourself until the story in the game progresses.

If you ever read Mining Guide - Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, well it's similar to unlock the mine.

The only difference is, you will meet a Gem sprite that lives on the 1st floor of the mine. That is Soleil, the second character you can control in co-op mode.

So you just need to...
  1. Repair the Gus's smithy
  2. Repair the mine
  3. Get a Hammer
  4. Get an Iron ore for Gus
  5. Go to the mine and meet the Gem Sprite on the 1st floor
  6. Place the Gem inside your house.
  7. Interact with them every day.

You can play with your friends if you have 2 controllers for the console you use because this is a local co-op.

According to Ceecee when answering a member question in the Steam discussion, you will always need a second controller because Soleil does not have an AI mode and is always intended to be controlled by a human. On the PS4, this also means logging into a second PSN ID or logging in as a guest.

You do not need to have two people controlling both the player and Soleil at the same time, however, you should put down the first controller and control Soleil if you choose her, within the vision of the main character.

Soleil has a minimum base stamina, but you can hire her with additional stamina by offering gems. She will have more stamina if you give her a better gem (e.g Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, Pink Diamond, Soul Gem, etc).

That's a little bit unfortunate, It's completely useless if we don't have anyone to control her. I think a lot of players also wanting to Soleil work on her own based on the AI system.

I will find out if we can still control Soleil or not after we marry her. Of course, it will be very interesting if we still can.

Updated on June 14, 2018: You can still control Soleil after you marry her, but if you didn't, she will move to the sprites' house after your marriage and you can't control her anymore.

That's all you need to know to activate co-op multiplayer in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition. Don't forget to read other interesting articles that I have written on this blog. Thanks.

Also read: 6 New Marriage Candidates in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Which One Do You Choose?


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